7 Tasty Cupcakes to Whip up for the First Day of School ...

Send your kids back to school with a surprise when you whip up these tasty cupcakes that are full of creative designs.

The first day of school can be so nerve wrecking for little ones, so why not help them break the ice by baking tasty cupcakes for their classmates?!

I can't wait to hear what you think about these back to school cupcake recipes...

1. An Apple a Day Cupcake

An Apple a Day Cupcake

Apples have always been a back to school icon that is associated with teachers, which is why this tasty cupcake recipe is first on my list.

How adorable is the little gummy worm?!

I love the way the top of the cupcake looks just like an apple.

This is such a great idea for your child’s first day of school treat to share with his teacher and classmates.

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¾ cup apple juice

⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce

3 eggs

Frosting:

½ teaspoon red paste food color

1 container Betty Crocker® Rich &

Creamy vanilla frosting

Decorations:

12 thin pretzel sticks, broken into pieces

16 spearmint leaf gumdrops

12 gummy worm candies, cut in half, if desired

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans).

Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.

In large bowl, beat cupcake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

Bake 18 to 23 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.

Cool in pans 10 minutes;

carefully remove from pans to cooling rack.

Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Stir paste food color into frosting in container.

Spread frosting over cupcakes.

To decorate cupcakes, poke 1 pretzel piece into each cupcake for stem.

Cut each gumdrop leaf into 3 slices.

Poke 2 gumdrop leaves into top of each cupcake on either side of pretzel stem.

Poke half of gummy worm into each cupcake.

Store loosely covered.

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